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Based on 9 Reviews
critic reviews (9)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Kold single-handedly carries the film, with his quietly powerful portrayal of a gentle soul in a giant's body. show more

  • 75
    New York Post

    This wispy story is distinguished by its sweetness of spirit, and it comes straight from Kold. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    From its title to its closing caress, Mads Matthiesen's film skates perilously close to the cliff's edge of mawkish sentiment. show more

  • 80
    David Fear Time Out New York

    It's only a slight exaggeration to say Kold gives what may be the performance of the year - one that not only offsets the movie's momentary dips into self-conscious quirkiness but adds a genuine sweetness to the proceedings. Forget the muscles; he brings the heart and soul. show more

  • 83
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    A gigantic physique hides the fragile man beneath and Matthiesen ably follows the journey of that persona as it tunnels through mounds of muscle to reach the surface. In essence, the lion finds his courage. show more

  • 70
    Nick Pinkerton Village Voice

    These self-imposed limitations prevent Teddy Bear from having the breadth of a great work, but they give it the coherence of a good tale, simply told. show more

  • 70
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    Mr. Matthiesen has a way of consistently and gently upending expectations, sometimes with humor. show more

  • 50
    Dennis Harvey Variety

    The low-key drama is well crafted and likable as far as it goes, but there's not enough narrative impetus or depth to maintain more than passing viewer interest. show more

  • 75
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    There's nothing surprising about the arc of Kold's story, but Matthiesen and his cast have created a believable space, and that ultimately helps give Teddy Bear the tension of a fine suspense film once Kold sits down across the kitchen table from Steentoft to speak his mind at last. show more

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